Simplicity on Mondays: Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

If your Mondays are like mine, then you may want to strive for simplicity in the kitchen on these days.  Usually, at the beginning of the week, my refrigerator is bare, and it’s tough for me to get back on a weekday schedule after two carefree weekend days.

I look for simple, easy meals with few ingredients and little prep time for a Monday night.

Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas are now part of my Monday meal rotation. 

The original recipe is from a local cookbook that I gave away on the blog in January.  The recipe was originally created with chicken.  Black beans and enchilada sauce are not part of the original ingredients, but I’ve now incorporated those ingredients to make it a Hines original.  I love the rich taste of the chicken and black beans together, but I use my vegetarian option more often because it’s one less step and so easy.

We had this last week with the Wholesome Goodness mild salsa and multi-grain flax tortilla chips that are part of the all-natural, better-for-you foods that I’m giving away on the blog this week. 

I think you’ll agree this is as a great weeknight winner.

Simple Mondays: Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
1 (8-oz) package of cream cheese
1 cup salsa
1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
Flour tortillas
2 cups of shredded Cheddar or Colby-Jack cheese
1 can of enchilada sauce
*2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast meat (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease baking pan.  I typically need two dishes.  In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the cheese and salsa.  Cook, stirring until melted and well-blended.  Stir in black beans (chicken if you want to add it).  Fill tortillas with the mixture, roll, and place into the prepared baking dish.  Pour enchilada sauce over tortillas.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Cover with aluminum foil.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Garnish with sour cream and salsa.  Serve with chips.

Have a great week, and I hope you are adjusting to the time change.  It always takes me a week.

Also, I wish the North Carolina teams in the NCAA tournament the best of luck this week. If you are a North Carolina fan, you may want to revisit my Tarheel cupcake post from last year. It's not team specific, but rather this cupcake gets to the root of North Carolina as a Tarheel state.  We would love to have a NCAA champion again.

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